“There is more perinatal death that is talked about but seems uncomfortable to name,” experts warn

“The inability to publicly show mourning can make it seem as if stillbirths never happened,” warns Unicef​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The neonatal mortality is part of infant mortality and most of the causes of death at this stage are from perinatal. Among the main causes, according to the latest vital statistics available for Ministry of Health of the Nationare Congenital malformationschromosomal abnormalities and deformities, certain conditions originating from perinatal periodillness of the mother, complications during pregnancy or external causes such as traffic accidents, trauma, physical aggression against the mother and suicide to name a few.

To be clear, it is established that the perinatal period starts at 22 weeks of gestation (when the weight of the fruit is normally 500 grams) and ends when they are completed seven days after birth.

In Argentina, 4,449 fetal deaths occur annuallyalthough the health portfolio document he had access to Infobae it does not say how many of the 4,505 infant deaths occur in the first week of life.

Putting words to the pain they are going through in this situation is vital for mothers and fathers to be able to move on (Getty)
Putting words to the pain they are going through in this situation is vital for mothers and fathers to be able to move on (Getty)

According to UNICEF, Every 16 seconds there is a fetal death in the world. This means that close to two million babies are stillborn every year. In addition to the devastating loss of life, the psychological consequences for families, women and societies are severe and long-lasting, the agency warns.

Hence the necessity that of the movement Let’s remember our babies (Remembering our babies) saw in the drive a International Day of Mourning for Gestational, Perinatal and Neonatal Deathswhich is celebrated today.

The date was made for toasting support for, education and awareness for those who have had or who may know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or infant loss. “Too many families grieve in silence, sometimes never coming to terms with their loss,” the movement said.

When a baby dies in the womb, it is said that the pregnancy “stopped”, “take out”, “no heartbeat”. It is as if it is difficult to name death at this stage of life, as if it cannot be talked about. Or it would not be right to express this pain.

Women and their partners who have experienced a stillbirth have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms than the rest of the population (Getty)
Women and their partners who have experienced a stillbirth have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms than the rest of the population (Getty)

There are more perinatal deaths than are known and which is talked about, but socially it seems inconvenient to make it visible and to name it”. With such a call to put the pain into words, the Psychology graduate Maria Agustina Capuro (MN 69748) began to explain to Infobae that “denying the existence of these deaths prevents women from talking about it and sharing their experiences with others.”

Robin Bear, founder of Let’s remember our babies in 2003 that he imagined October 15, as a day when all bereaved parents can come together and be surrounded by the love and support of their friends and family, “a day when the community can better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those , who suffer” . “It will be a day to reflect on loss and embrace love. While the lives of these babies were short, they were also very significant, he thought about the date. However, there was no time to talk about them. Our society seems to have forgotten, or maybe just didn’t know how to get there.”

For Capuro, “today is a day of awareness about the birth of the death of these babies, to call it, because it is one of the most invisible duels.”

Unicef He assures that “in some cultures, mothers are considered to be responsible for the death of the fetus. This can lead to social disrepute or give rise to individual feelings of guilt or shame, preventing mothers from openly expressing their grief over the loss.

“Not being able to grieve publicly can make it seem like stillbirths never happened.” This type of taboos, stigmas and misconceptions often silence families or influence the recognition and mourning of stillbirths, thus contributing to their invisibility,” they emphasize.

October 15 marks the International Day of Mourning for Gestational, Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths (Getty)
October 15 marks the International Day of Mourning for Gestational, Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths (Getty)

Asked why it’s important to make it visible and what happens if these deaths don’t hurt “well,” Capuro elaborates, “It’s not named because of the taboo. The nameless of this period. No one expects death during the perinatal periodwhich is precisely a moment absolutely connected with vitals”.

For the psychologist with a perinatal and reproductive orientation, “this general message, sometimes conveyed by the medical field, but also by the popular, to wait for the first three months before sharing the news of pregnancy, explains this.”

“That’s when the highest rate of pregnancy terminations happens, but also then you live with a lot of loneliness – pointed out Capuro -. It is made invisible that this pregnancy was a family/couple or life project. The pregnancy of the child begins before the pregnancy itself, when there is a desire”.

According to Unicef, “women and partners of women who suffer fetal death have higher levels of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms that can persist for a long time, even after other pregnancies and after the birth of a healthy child.

Because “give in to the pain to be able to put it into words, to make a place for it in history, family history, to ritualize the departure, to determine a name, and for that chosen name to be what is called the baby that has had a rapid transit through the life of this family , will enable development that is always unique and non-linear, but requires anchors and accompanying support”.

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